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Augmentation of assets vital for making JK export market of livestock: Samoon




SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21: Principal Secretary Animal Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries Department, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon Sunday started a marathon tour of districts starting from Budgam district to map the assets as part of plan to make J&K export market of livestock and fish,
Dr Samoon was accompanied by Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir M Y Chaploo, Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir Dr Mohammad Shareef, Director Fisheries P N Pandita, ADDC Budgam Khurshid Ahmad Sanai, SDM Khansahib, and other officers of the department.
Dr. Samoon inaugurated Veterinary Dispensary SHD Gundipora and directed the doctors to ensure their presence at the center. He also interacted with residents of Gunbdipora and sought their suggestions to make the center effective in the livestock production of the area.
Later he visited Trout fish Farm Beerwah, which has a capacity of rearing 50000 fry’s and inspected the raceways. The officers there informed him about the sale and production capacity of the farm. Dr Samoon directed the officers to sell fish on discount rates during the revered religious days.
Later Dr Samoon visited trout hatchery Khag which has an annual production capacity of 1 lac Fry’s. He was informed about importance of the farm in boosting the fish sector in Budgam district. He directed the officers to publicize the schemes in livestock and fish sector so that more and more youth will take it up as preferred entrepreneurship.
Later he visited many private trout and carp fish farms and interacted with the entrepreneurs. He was informed that there are 35 private trout fish units and 50 carp fish units in the district. Feeling satisfied with the enthusiasm shown by the young entrepreneurs in setting up fish farms, Dr Samoon advised the entrepreneurs to expand their production gradually besides guiding and encouraging other aspiring fish farm entrepreneurs.
Dr Samoon directed the officers to ensure all support viz-a-viz feed, fries and guidance to the entrepreneurs besides giving publicity to their success stories in the area so that more and more youth get attracted to this low investment profitable business.
He also visited the Basant wooder trout rearing unit and directed the officers to increase the production of the fish besides beautifying its landscape so that it becomes stop-over of the tourists visiting Doodhpatar.
He also inaugurated the veterinary Hospital at Nowpora and directed the officers to submit Detailed Project Report for creating of assets so that they would be funded under different state and central schemes.
He also directed the officers to ensure medicines, fodder and other assistance to the local farmers for their maximum benefit.
He also directed for organizing guidance camps for the local youth of the district interested in livestock entrepreneurship.
Dr Samoon also visited a private Poultry farm with a capacity of 6000 broiler birds established under Venture Capital Fund scheme.
He also interacted with dairy, poultry and sheep farmers and passed on spot directions to redress their grievances.



Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed



Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.

In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.

The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.


Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.

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NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation



Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.

Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.


According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.

The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.

The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.


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Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.

The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.

Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.


The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.

We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.

“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.

“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.

The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.

“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.

“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.

“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.

The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.

Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.

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